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Try Julie Kirk’s fab fes­tive ideas for wooden flour­ishes

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Wooden flour­ishes add a lovely rus­tic charm to cards and more

1 Smooth fin­ish

For a pretty, per­fectly co­or­di­nat­ing de­sign, cover your wooden em­bel­lish­ments with match­ing pat­terned pa­per. Ap­ply with a glue stick by lay­ing your pa­per on top of the wooden shape and trim­ming around the edge. For a smooth fin­ish, re­move the ex­cess with sand­pa­per.

2 Dress to im­press

Add colour, shine and tex­ture to your wooden adorn­ments with heat em­boss­ing pow­ders! Choose some tra­di­tional colours to suit in­di­vid­ual shapes, or keep things mono­chrome and use white em­boss­ing pow­der on all.

3 Nor­we­gian wood

For a won­der­ful Nordic-in­spired look, en­hance the nat­u­ral charm of the wood fin­ish by adding sim­i­lar neu­tral el­e­ments to your de­sign. In­clude kraft card, lace and twine for a rus­tic feel.

4 Bun­dle of joy

Go the ex­tra mile with your gift wrap­ping, by string­ing sev­eral wooden flour­ishes along a length of twine be­fore ty­ing it onto a plain hes­sian bag. For a sub­tle touch of colour, dab pig­ment ink, in soft pas­tel shades, along the tips of the wooden shapes, and fin­ish with a mini peg.

5 Colour me quick

One of the quick­est and eas­i­est ways to add colour to blank wooden shapes is by us­ing an ink pad. For full cov­er­age and depth of shade, opt for a dye ink and sim­ply press the shape down onto the pad.

6 Sparkle and shine

Bring a bit of fes­tive bling to blank bauble de­signs by cov­er­ing them in glit­ter. Once the first layer of glit­ter has dried, cover it in a sec­ond layer of glue and glit­ter for ad­di­tional depth and sparkle – you can never have too much at Christ­mas.

7 Shake it up

Cre­ate a vi­sion rem­i­nis­cent of Nar­nia by fram­ing a for­est of wooden trees in your own win­tery shaker. Colour the trees with green ink be­fore seal­ing them in­side a snowy land­scape filled with se­quins.

8 Top marks

En­hance plain shapes by us­ing marker pens to cre­ate fun and fes­tive gift wrap de­signs. Dab the tip of the pen onto the wood un­til a small amount of colour bleeds onto the sur­face, to form a polka dot or a stripe.

9 Sim­ple tags

Aim for strik­ing sim­plic­ity by mak­ing a snowflake a fo­cal point on your gift tags. Glue your flour­ish on top of a stamped de­sign for a su­per quick and easy make, per­fect for when you need to cre­ate a big batch, or have lots of gifts to wrap.

10 For­ever keep­sake

Send a spe­cial Christ­mas keep­sake for some­one to cher­ish year af­ter year, with this beau­ti­ful dec­o­ra­tion filled with wooden flour­ishes. To re­ally make them pop, paint your shapes with white acrylic paint then use ink pads and a paint­brush to ap­ply lots of lovely fes­tive colour.

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